John Bryson reviews 'Me and Rory Macbeath' by Richard Beasley

John Bryson reviews 'Me and Rory Macbeath' by Richard Beasley

Me and Rory Macbeath

by Richard Beasley

Hachette Australia, $29.99 pb, 371 pp, 9780733630309

In Richard Beasley’s third novel, a friendship between three boys ends violently, and one of them is tragic-ally implicated. The lives of the young teenagers – Jake, Robbie, and Rory – are filled out with street football, driveway cricket, billycarts, fishing trips, slingshot target practice, and the comedy of flatulence. Their world is Rose Avenue during the Adelaide summer of 1977.

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John Bryson

John Bryson

John Bryson was educated at the University of Melbourne and later became a barrister. He has written several books, the best-known of which is Evil Angels (1985), which went on to be filmed. He lives in Sydney.

Published in September 2013 no. 354

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